Scenic Drive Through Missouri Ozarks

Trip Start Apr 27, 2011
Trip End May 21, 2011

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

So we don't really feel like we did too much today but we still had a lovely day.

We set off from St. Louis in the morning and stopped off at McDonalds for breakfast on the way (yeah I know – not the healthiest)...anyways I was shocked because everyone in McDonalds had come straight from Sunday service at the church...which I found really bizarre!

Anyways...we set off along the Route 66 to see the Meramec Caverns...the infamous hiding spot of Jesse James. We were somewhat conned into the tour round the caverns as we thought we would get to hear alot about Jess James (Jess even wore her cowboy hat for the occasion) unfortunately, our funny tour guide Jared spoke about him for maybe 5 minutes and then the rest of the hour and a half tour consisted of stalagmite and stalactite information! Woo! Haha in all fairness it was actually a really good tour and turns out an episode of Lassie was filmed there, for which they promptly displayed a massive photo of Lassie within the cave...slightly tacky but made me and jess giggle a bit. The whole way through the tour we were told not to touch the walls or ceilings as an acid in our skin speeds up the decay of the limestone, however, one man just kept on touching it....tour guide Jared kept on reminding everyone...mainly aimed at the one man....but he still just kept on doing it...silly silly! Another man he was with kept filming the group every time we stopped...of course i worked the camera and pulled some funny faces and poses...he’s gonna love those pics when he looks at them properly! (serves him right for filming/taking pics of us).

The tour was good but of course we are in America so we can’t go without a bit of American cheese. Nearing the end of the tour we got to see a light show accompanied by the American National Anthem set against a curtain of stalactites. A grand finale really topped it off with a display of the American flag! Woo go America!

Jess and I came up with a fabulous movie idea to be set within the caves...its going to be a number 1 blockbuster hit (straight to DVD)! Watch this space...we don’t want to give away too much info in case our idea is stolen....

We stopped for lunch along the road at Road House Route 66 Cafe near Cuba. It was empty but nice. I thought I ordered chicken sandwich...turns out I ordered a steak sandwich...not entirely sure how I could get lost in translation between American English and English English but I guess that proves its possible. It was such a hot day that Jess and I were stuck to the seats...not a pretty sight but quite funny. I think it was almost record breaking temperatures for the area at this time of year(29 degrees Celsius).

Driving through the Missouri Ozarks (highlands of Missouri) was absolutely stunning. So hilly and green! With it being such a hot beautiful day, we felt extra cool in our Mustang cruising the streets with the windows down and good music pumping out the stereo (yes, we may have been trying too hard to look cool but oh my god we felt cool).

One especially beautiful scenic drive was through a stretch of the route 66 called the Devil’s Elbow...names after a bend in the river which would get blocked by logs floating down stream. We stopped for photo opportunities lol.

Our windscreen was starting to get a bit covered with squashed flies and we ran out of windscreen wiper fluid so we decided to make a make shift window cleaning sesh, in which I threw bottles of water on the windscreen and Jess turned on the wipers....not the best of ideas when we were both standing either side and got soaked by the water coming off! Oops.

We then headed for Springfield (still in Missouri) where we are staying at the Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven. Such a cute lil hotel and all route 66 themed with cool cars and gas pumps scattered around the place. Unfortunately we were greeted by some hillbilly truckers sitting outside one of the rooms who decided it was totally acceptable to just watch us and whistle at us as we were sorting the room and car out (to the parents : don’t worry we were absolutely fine – we promptly drove off round the corner to our room).

As we attempted to get into the room we were almost killed by some killer bees (yes im over exaggerating). But they were massive and all swarming right outside our getting inside was rather interesting....


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